It has been one of European football's worst kept secrets recently, but Argentine international Enzo Perez is finally set to become a Valencia player.
Previously with Benfica, the talented wide man has reportedly been a long term target of Manchester United's. With his signature they would have added to their Argentine contingent, which already boasts Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo.
But Valencia, now owned by Peter Lim, have already concluded successful transfer negotiations with Benfica for the likes of Andre Gomes and Rodrigo and on Friday their latest recruit will be officially unveiled as the former Manchester United target.
Done deal! Enzo Pérez to Valencia is now official. They've paid Benfica €25m + €5m in add-ons for the 28 year old. pic.twitter.com/S7tvqdBGZc— Messi Minutes (@MessiMinutes) December 30, 2014
The deal, believed to be worth around €25 million and until 2019, is indeed not yet official, with just a successful medical pending, but it certainly looks as though he is set to play for Valencia - as he was pictured training with Los Che yesterday for the first time.
In reality this is a bullet dodged by United. Perez is a half-decent player but not worth the elevated price-tag Benfica slapped on his head, especially considering his age.
Better to spend the money elsewhere.